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The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
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Nov 30, 2011

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Oh Chekhov, you bummer you.

I can't believe I've never read this play before; there are lines in it that are not only exquisite, but were used by a friend of mine in a re-working of several Chekhov pieces performed several years ago. Somehow (like Cheever, and so many other things, I guess) it escaped me.

Definitely not a surprise; his reputation precedes him, and this play pans out pretty much exactly as expected. Fortunately, it's a bit hard to get attached to the characters in it, so when horrible things occur there's a nice buffer; unfortunately, it's the ones that are most sincere and deeply attached to the potential beauty of the human spirit that are destroyed, so my nice buffer wasn't enough to block all the spatter. Le sigh.

Certainly worth reading, but much better to see performed, it's a study in unrequited love. Seagull, indeed.

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